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Gift wrapping to make the day even more special

Updated on June 18, 2012


It seems that at least once a year a Birthday will come around – ok well I am being silly about that. Yes they come around every year! Even though I was present for the birth, I am reminded weekly for a month before. Even though I know what month I am in, I still manage to get scatter brained and do things at the last minute. At least for one person this year it was slightly different!

Choosing the gift

This year I happened to go shopping with my daughter about a week before her birthday. She is an adult, married and living on her own so this was an enjoyable rarity for me. We walked and talked, she showed me a few things that she would like to have with the phrase “My birthday’s coming up Mom!!” attached to each item.

I decided on an item that she had ‘sort of’ selected. It was a 165 piece sewing kit. Most of us got one of those nifty sewing boxes then had to spend tons of money to fill it. This has everything included. There were about 50 spools of thread, scissors, tape measure, thimbles, needles, pins, buttons etc. Plus there were spaces in the box for the things you want to add in the future.

I am a crafter of all sorts so this to me was a pretty cool idea, at least something just to get her started.

She has decided that she’d like to try her hand at quilting. Not machine quilting like I do, but old fashioned quilting like they did ‘back in the day’ before people could afford sewing machines. What a task she has decided upon!! I’ve done it myself and it’s not something that the meek should try.

I didn't cave!!

She stopped over 2 days before her birthday and because her Dad was here I almost caved in and gave her the present. It wasn’t wrapped, it wasn’t in a bag, just tucked away in my room waiting for her day. I am SO glad I didn’t cave!!!

On the day of her birthday I called to see what her plans were, she wasn’t going anywhere special so I could take my time in what I wanted to do.

I wanted to add to her present. The first thing I did was look up a few patterns online that work well with hand sewing. I printed them off and stapled them together. Then I took some cardboard and cut out templates that she could use of various sizes that might go along with the patterns I printed off. I then carefully opened the box and tucked everything inside.

Make it fun

Now here comes the good part!

Most of us have gotten so used to buying those pretty bags (that have really went up in price), along with a package of tissue paper. Then just dump in the gift, top it off with paper and viola` a ‘wrapped’ present, most of the time the bag just gets tossed in the garbage anyway. Oh I’ve saved them for years only to not be able to find them when I need to, they get torn and ruined before I can reuse them.

Because I added to the gift I didn’t just want to hand it over un-wrapped nor did I have a bag handy. But I did have some newspaper, tissue paper and some tape. I had a plan! The box was bigger than the newspaper pieces so I put on one sheet at a time until the whole box was covered. I used some crochet thread to tie it off, and then I topped it off with a fan-folded tissue paper bow!

As I was wrapping I got to thinking how much fun it is to unwrap a gift. Getting a gift is fine, but unwrapping is where the fun is! The excitement of seeing a wrapped present then slowly peeling back the paper (some folks do it quickly) is where the anticipation is. The giver then gets a little anticipation as well in watching the present being opened.

Paper - of any sort

Here is my ‘recipe’ for a fun way to wrap a present!

Most towns now have one of those ‘freebie’ papers, some are called ‘shopper’. They are filled with ads and all sorts of cool stuff that one goes to look for what it is they want.

Open your shopper in the middle, if there are staples, take them out! Set your package in the middle and pull up the sides of the paper, fold down the corners and tape. Rotate your package and repeat until the entire package is covered with the paper. No one says it has to be neat, but if you wish make it so!

Tie it off

Take a long piece of some string, thread, yarn, ribbon or whatever you have on hand, put it over the top, take it down to the bottom cross over and bring it back up to the top on the other side of the package – tie it off, make a bow if you wish.

Tissue paper bow

Now to make the tissue paper bow – Most of us at one time or another have made a tissue flower from regular tissues, this is just on a larger scale!

Take two pieces of tissue paper leave them together. Beginning at the short edge start ‘fan’ folding them at about 1 ½ inch intervals (no need to be precise!) until you get to the other edge. Fold it in half and cut it. Place the two halves together (stacking) and give it a good twist in the middle, then fold it up together. Tape this in the center to keep it from falling apart. Begin separating the two pieces of tissue paper, pulling it until it gives you resistance. Keep going, you can do it!! Go all the way across until you have separated all of it. It will make a fairly large bow. Once it is all fanned out, trim it if one side is longer than the other (if you wish) for the most part it should be just fine. Then you can tape it down to the top of your package.

Now step back and take a look at it, I bet this is something you yourself would like to receive!!

Making that special day even more special!

So the next time a ‘gift day’ rolls around spend the few extra dollars on the gift rather than those pesky bags and using the items you have on hand wrap it yourself!! Take the time to take it out of the plastic bag it came in, throw a little newspaper, paper towels, notebook paper or toilet paper on the gift with a little tape and a little imagination you can surprise yourself and your ‘giftee’!!

On my way to give her the present I stopped at my local fabric shop and bought her a few ‘fat quarters’ of fabric, to get her started on her quest of quilting. Had I known that was what I was going to do I would have used the fabric to wrap her gift in!!

Did she love it? Absolutely! Because it was wrapped so creatively she almost didn’t want to open it!


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      Patricia Scott 5 weeks ago from sunny Florida

      I so agree...the wrapping be it in a scarf or blanket or whatever makes the gift extra special.

      Glad I am reminded of this right at the holiday season.

      Angels are on the way this morning ps

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      Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan

      Wait until you see what I have coming up next!

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      IntegrityYes 5 years ago

      That is very creative.

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      Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan

      I must say that she was indeed very happy with this gift and more so because it was wrapped. I stopped at a garage sale a few days later and managed to pick her up a sewing machine for $10. When I told her what I had done, I explained "It's nothing fancy, it does 3 stitches, forward, backward and zig-zag and it''s a BEAST" (meaning it was very heavy). Imagine my surprise when not only was she thrilled with this, but she did some research and discovered that it was built in 1956 and originally sold for $235.00. She did some more digging online and managed to find a book that goes with the machine. She also discovered that this year was the first year that Kenmore made a machine that did more stitches than any other machine, now she just has to find the pieces that makes those stitches happen. But for now she is happy with what she has!!! She has big plans for that machine!!

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      timorous 5 years ago from Me to You

      You're so right Sweetsusieg, it's fun to be creative. When my nieces were young, I used to wrap their gifts using clippings from magazines and newspapers. I would create a collage out of various images and paste it onto the newspaper, then wrap the gift with it. They were thrilled, and carefully unwrapped it, and saved the wrapping as an interesting keepsake in its own right. What they did with the gift afterwards I'll never really know.

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      Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan

      @ HawaiiHeart - Thanks! There are so many things that we toss everyday that can be re-used and made into other things that are quite usable. I hope to be able to make a post on that soon!

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      Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan

      @vocalcoach - What a nice compliment!! Thank you, and I'm so glad you found me too!! I went shopping the other day and was thinking of all the 're-uses' of the items I was buying - boxes from cereal, cans, coffee cans, grocery bags etc..

      I found another project that I'm working on that I think I should make a Hub about, using newspaper too!! I've gotten into crafting to the point I call it 'craft overload', my husband laughs.

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      HawaiiHeart 5 years ago from Hawaii

      What a great way to add your own personal touch as well as recycle!

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Magnificent! First, I am simply passionate about crafts of any kind. I have one of those imaginations that go to work when I see buttons, fabric, baskets or anything that I can use for gfit wrapping.

      So when I came across this hub I lit up like a christmas tree:) Newspaper. So great of an idea. And thrilled that I found you sweetsusieg. I am now such a fan! Voted up and across (not funny) and will share this all over the place. Happy wrapping!

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      Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan

      As a young girl I remembered making tissue flowers for floats in parades, that is where I got my idea from. I like the idea of Sunday comic wrapping paper too! Hmm, reusable tissue paper!! Very cool!

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      Deb Welch 5 years ago

      I really like the idea of tissue flowers - I must rry that one - it looked pretty on top of the box. I have wrapped children's gifts with the Sunday comics. Just recently - I wrapped the gifts in tissue and folded neatly without the tape - so as - it may be used again if they wish. Thanks.

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      Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan

      I love to see the look of anticipation on the face of the one getting the gift! It seems when you pull the gift out of the bag there is a let down of sorts. The wrapping just makes it so much better!!

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      drbj and sherry 5 years ago from south Florida

      You are so right about the importance of wrapping a gift, susie. Half the fun of getting a gift is the joy one gets unwrapping it. Ready-made gift boxes and bags eliminate that pleasure. Thanks for these creative suggestions, m'luv.

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      Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan

      It was pretty cool that's for sure. We don't get to shop together very often without kids around (they sure can be a distraction!) Luckily for me the lime green color happens to be one of her favorite colors as well.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      What a neat idea for a gift from a shopping trip together! How lovely that you were able to spend time together so you would know what she was interested in. :) The "different" wrapping paper needed the big, bright bow--it set off just right!

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      Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan

      I had forgotten the bag and didn't want to go to the store to get one so I thought "Hey!! I can make this nice with what I've got!!"

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      elnavann 5 years ago from South Africa

      What a good idea... I agree with the spending more on the gift part - and then (often due to bad planning and laziness) still buy one of those nice gift bags, which are so expensive.